Cell Biology

This column was too long and included too much previously-written material, so this is an edited version. Like the lake in Iceland analogy, the cell membrane analogy has stayed with me. By the way, the word ‘holy’ basically means ‘set-apart from the rest of the...

Rocky Mountain High

A medical marijuana bill is on the ballot in Arkansas for the upcoming election. Apparently marijuana can help relieve the symptoms of a significant number of diseases. Anyone who has watched someone has a seizure will find it difficult to vote against this issue. Our...

“You’re Not Going to Heaven”

I received a good bit of backlash on this column—and similar sermons. But having studied J. Richard Middleton’s A New Heaven and a New Earth, I stand by this position. However, I respect the afterlife each person has placed in their theological imaginations. Hope is a...

Danger in the National Parks!

(Easter 2016)  This is embarrassing. Had I remembered I used Mr. Beaver’s quote in a 2010 column I would have chosen something else. But the quote is still important and I still like Mr. Beaver. Oh well.   I love our National Parks. I’ve been to 14 of the 59 parks....

Mountain Driving

Talking about ‘designated Christians’ sounds like a pastor who doesn’t want to work hard. But I have always taken the approach that one of my main tasks is working myself out of a job, effectively equipping others to do what I do. When I was in high school, my...

The Jig was Up

For years we would drive past that spot only to discover that our handiwork was still evident. Did anyone else wonder why the blue spruce near the National Forest sign had the top six feet cut off of it? One Christmas when I was a child, I came home from school and...